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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-12

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  • [01] 2 arrests in bizarre hijacking of migrant-laden truck

  • [01] 2 arrests in bizarre hijacking of migrant-laden truck

    (ANA-MPA) -- Two Iraqis were arrested on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the bizarre same-day hijacking of a police-confiscated truck carrying illegal immigrants to a detention centre in central Athens.

    The two foreign nationals are suspected of stopping and hijacking the truck at gunpoint near the west Attica industrial city of Aspropyrgos, hours after the migrant-laden vehicle was detected by law enforcement authorities on the Athens-Corinth national highway.

    Some 50 illegal migrants, all from Third World countries, were hidden in the truck.

    Police had set up a roadblock on after a tip-off that a truck carrying illegal migrants would be passing by the spot en route to Corinth.

    The truck arrived at the designated point at about 11:20 p.m., but the driver, seeing the roadblock, abandoned the truck and ran off, disappearing. One of the police officers, accompanied by a colleague, took the wheel of the truck to drive it to the Aliens Bureau in downtown Athens, but when the truck reached Aspropyrgos it was cut off by two men in a car, who fired shots in the air, disarmed the officers and took their service guns. One of the gunmen drove off with the truck and the second gunman followed with a car.

    The truck was also later located within Aspropyrgos municipality, with efforts concentrating on re-arresting the illegal migrants. (ANA-MPA)

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